PHOTO EXCLUSIVE: "Let's Hear It for the Rainbow Tour!" On the Road With Evita Stars Krystina Alabado and Josh Young
By Matthew Blank
A "Real World"-style San Diego beach house, the Hoover Dam, a Pacific Coast road trip, clubbing in Las Vegas… just a few of the adventures shared by the touring cast of Evita in recent months. Playbill favorite Krystina Alabado, who plays the Mistress, teamed up with co-star Josh Young to share these sights with our readers.
"What's new, Playbill readers!! It's Krystina and Josh from the Evita 1st National Tour! Here is a little touch of star quality for you. We've had an amazing time on our first leg of this tour from the hills of Hollywood to the mountains of Arizona, from the bluffs of San Diego to the glitz and glamour of Las Vegas."
"We Descamisados got to enjoy winter at a frigid 75 degrees across the west coast and we documented the whole thing just for you. We work hard, play harder, and love to kick it on the beach. We took advantage of the proximity of the cities we've played and became explorers, taking road trips and going off the beaten path from city to city, making the most of what touring life can, and should be. So enjoy some photos from Che and the Mistress, narrated by Krystina, and come see us in a theatre near you!"
Produced by Hal Luftig, Scott Sanders Productions and Troika Entertainment, the musical stars Caroline Bowman (Kinky Boots) as Eva Peron, Tony nominee Josh Young (Jesus Christ Superstar) as Che and Sean MacLaughlin (Woman in White) as Juan Peron with Desi Oakley as the alternate for Eva, Christopher Johnstone as Magaldi and Krystina Alabado as the Mistress.
The company also includes Ryan K. Bailer, Nicholas Belton, Jessica Bishop, Ronald L. Brown, Holly Ann Butler, Diana DiMarzio, Samantha Farrow, Katharine Heaton, Tony Howell, Katie Huff, Patrick Oliver Jones, Chris Kotera, Ian Liberto, Alison Mahoney, Robin Masella, Megan Ort, John Riddle, Morgan Rose, Jeffrey C. Sousa and Tug Watson.
The revival of Evita played its final performance Jan. 26 at the Marquis Theatre following 26 previews and 337 regular performances. The cast was headed by Grammy winner Ricky Martin (Che), Olivier Award winner Elena Roger (Eva Perón) and Tony Award winner Michael Cerveris (Juan Perón).
Directed by Tony and Olivier Award winner Michael Grandage and choreographed by Tony Award winner Rob Ashford, Evita began previews March 12, 2012, and opened April 5. The cast also featured Max von Essen as Magaldi and Rachel Potter as the Mistress.
The creative team also included Tony Award-winning scenic and costume designer Christopher Oram (Red), Tony Award-winning lighting designer Neil Austin (Red), Olivier Award-winning sound designer Mick Potter (Woman In White), wig and hair designer Richard Mawbey (Frost/Nixon), projection designer Zachary Borovay (Rock of Ages) and music supervisor/director Kristen Blodgette (Mary Poppins).
Orchestrations were by Andrew Lloyd Webber and David Cullen (Sunset Boulevard) with dance arrangements are by David Chase (Billy Elliot).
"Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise meteorically from the slums of Argentina to the presidential mansion as First Lady," according to production notes. "She won international acclaim and adoration from her own people as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world’s first major political celebrity."
The revival featured songs from the original staging, such as "Don’t Cry for Me Argentina," "Buenos Aires," "Rainbow High" and "High Flying Adored," as well as "You Must Love Me," which was penned for the 1996 film adaptation.
Evita has music by Andrew Lloyd Webber and lyrics by Tim Rice. Harold Prince staged the original London and New York productions. Elaine Paige earned an Olivier Award for creating the role in London. Patti LuPone, who starred in the 1979 Broadway staging, earned a Tony Award for her work alongside Tony winner Mandy Patinkin as Che. Evita also earned the 1980 Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book and Best Direction.
The revival received Tony nominations for Best Revival of a Musical, Best Featured Actor in a Musical (Michael Cerveris) and Best Choreographer (Rob Ashford).
For more information visit EvitaOnBroadway.com.
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